US Marshals Bitcoin Auction: Not a Clean Wallet Sweep
Last Thursday the FBI announced it would be selling coins associated with the Silk Road not attributed to Ross Ulbricht AKA Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR (here is the US Marshals notice and a Coindesk story). They claim to be auctioning off 29,656.513 065 29 bitcoins. They have been kind enough to identify the bitcoin wallet (1Ez69SnzzmePmZX3WpEzMKTrcBF2gpNQ55) that contains the auctioned coins. What's great about bitcoin is you can look into the transactions and see what is going on. First,
This is quite the hairball of transactions. Most for
The green ovals are the leftover dust that the USMS didn't sweep into the auction coins. I'm not sure why they missed those
Here is the same analysis with the wallets believed to be associated with the DPR case (1FfmbHfnpaZjKFvyi1okTjJJusN455paPH / 1i7cZdoE9NcHSdAL5eGjmTJbBVqeQDwgw)
Apologies, I had to downsample the image 1:2 to get the image under Blogger's image size limit. But the organization of the coins is fascinating to explore. I'm not sure what the obsession with 324 BTC wallets is
But the old transaction strip is downright readable without scaling. No stray dust from that sweep. This makes me wonder why all of the coin spam got swept into DPRs coins but only some into the Silk Road Seizures.
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